Karen McIntyre comes from a legacy of educators. Both her mother and grandmother worked as teachers, and her plans were always to follow in their footsteps and teach English. But her career aspirations took a turn when a supervisor at her first job at a library gave her a new perspective on how she could influence the learning of children.
Now, an 18-year veteran with Metro Nashville Public Schools, McIntyre serves as the school librarian at Westmeade Elementary School. In addition to inspiring a love for reading with her students, she has also incorporated her passion for the environment in the work she does helping students and the community understand the importance of preserving the environment.
Did you know if students miss just two days per month, every month, they are less likely to graduate high school? Getting kids to go to school is one of the most powerful predicters of future academic success. That’s why we’re kicking off the new year with Attendance Matters, a campaign aimed at educating students, families and the community on the importance of why good school attendance matters.
As parents, we may not realize how absences add up, but students who miss school have difficulty keeping up with their peers academically and tend to fall behind in reading. Last year, 18 percent of MNPS students missed at least 18 or more school days – that’s more than 15,000 students who missed more than half a month of instructional time – and the numbers are on the rise. In fact, chronic absence in MNPS has increased by two percentage points over the last three years, from 15.8 percent in 2015-16 to 17.8 percent in 2017-18. While these numbers may sound small, the impact is huge.
Metro Nashville Public Schools’ annual School Choice Festival once again proved successful with hundreds of students and families visiting with schools across the district Nov. 15 at The Fairgrounds Nashville. The event provided families an opportunity to explore every MNPS school option for the 2019-2020 school year as well as how to navigate the school choice process.
Every school from traditional to charter to specialty school hosted a booth and exhibited their school culture and pride with festive and creative decorations, vibrant school colors, student art and other work, unique performances and friendly mascots. Families were able to learn more about each schools’ offerings, sign-up for school tours and meet teachers and staff.
Beginning with the November administration of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), schools should administer the MAP with all appropriate test accommodations identified in a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 Plan, and ILP (Individual Learning Plan).